1936748_114457646492_8063054_n30A Radio sat down with Walton County Sheriff Michael Adkinson to talk about some of the pleasures and challenges of policing one of the geographically largest and fastest-growing counties in the state of Florida.

He gives some safety advice for visitors — from locking your cars to the life-saving necessity of minding the beach safety flag system — and for locals — “be patient.”

He also talks about his hopes to add new deputies to cover the south end of the county as we are heading into a tourism season that looks to be our biggest yet.

Learn more about the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.

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unnamedThe Saintsations, the official cheerleaders for the NFL’s New Orleans Saints, are headed to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort for an exclusive calendar photo shoot.

This will be the third time the popular cheerleading squad has shot their calendar in Sandestin. The 36 women will be at the 2,400-acre resort in South Walton from May 25-28.

The Saintsations are known for their performances during New Orleans Saints football games, plus their extensive community outreach efforts and the Junior Saintsation programs for young girls.

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76348_1683843701888_128496_n30A’s longtime resident surfer, Bobby Johnson, chats with 30A Radio about what it was like moving to 30A in 1981 at 13 years old, riding horses and dirt bikes through what is now the booming beachside town of Seaside.

Johnson, who runs 30A Local Properties, also discusses the area’s present and future and shares some of the “creative” surfer nicknames for different beach accesses in the area: Fort Panic, Dump Road and Haunted House are among the more family-friendly ones. (His anecdote about some bathing-suit-free areas on 30A might surprise some, as well!)

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By Sarah Hanley

In less than a year and without much fanfare, The Bowery on Thirty-A has achieved great success in South Walton. Located in Redfish Village, it’s grown quickly to become a top-rated TripAdvisor restaurant and a favored spot for locals due to its decadent interior design, outstanding lunch and dinner menu, hand-selected variety of wine and spirits, and their unique offering of wine on tap.

Now, on the heels of the restaurant’s one-year anniversary, The Bowery has expanded their operations upstairs by opening an intimate concert venue and special event space to host both national and local talent.

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Come out and celebrate with us at our grand opening party for The 30A Store in Seagrove on May 31, 2015.

The Wide Open Band featuring Season Ammons will perform out in Seagrove Plaza in front of the store from 2 to 5 p.m. Ice-cold Grayton Beer 30A Beach Blonde Ale will be half price, we’ll have a food vendor on site and cornhole boards for friendly, family fun.

Raffles will be held on the hour. Every receipt from a purchase at The 30A Store in Seagrove will be entered into the raffle for a chance to win some extra-special prizes, including a 30A YOLO board, 30A beach chairs, entries into the 30A Surf Camp, and a 30A Store shopping spree.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND GIVEAWAY: The first 16 customers on SATURDAY, SUNDAY and MONDAY May 23-25 will get a FREE 16-ounce 30A Tervis Tumbler!

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The third annual 30A’s Locals Last Stand was a massive success! Over 1,200 people came out to the free party at Watersound Origins on May 17, 2015. Zack RosickaThe Owsley Brothers and Geoff McBride performed. 

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